I received a copy of my dad's will from sibling mid-night of the day they met with their attorney. The fonts on the front page of the will are different than the back side of the document. It says that it is a one page document. There are two attestation clauses and it is obvious that the two signatures do not match. One of the signatures resembles the handwriting of one of the witnesses. My sister had the will done by a notary public when my dad was ill. I asked to participate in the open secession via phone since I had a cold. My sister said the secretary was only bringing papers to her vehicle for my mom to sign. I asked my sister the name of the attorney 3 different times & she refused to tell me. I was told they didn't want me to call the attorney. I had to contact the Caddo Parish Clerk's office twice to learn his identity. Not only did I learn their attorney's name but that he had filed paperwork for the open secession. Under these circumstances is the secession legal if I as an heir was intentionally kept in the dark? Is father's will legal if it appears that one of his signatures was forged? Is it normal to have two attestation clauses for one will?
If you believe that there was fraud in the signing of your father's will, you should consult with an attorney immediately. Do not wait. The attorney can review the will and tell you if there is a problem and what your legal rights are.
I agree with Ms. Fischer. If you believe there is fraud, seek the services of an attorney familiar with estate work in your area. In answer to your question, all the heirs do not need to be involved in the proceedings, but you can by intervening into the succession. It will take the services of an attorney. Good luck.
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